Side mount roller cradles are an essential element of many pipeline applications, and are specifically designed for handling enormous amounts of weight.They are often attached to an elevated platform and act like an extension off the platform, allowing crew to control exactly how the pipeline is maneuvered and installed in place. Because it is attached to other objects and is intended to be elevated off the ground, it has to be as lightweight as possible while still ensuring the pipeline is protected from damage. This is why many companies rely on polyurethane rollers to get the job done.
How can side mount roller cradles facilitate pipeline projects?
There are many conveyor systems designed for pipeline projects, and each one works in a handful of settings. This conveyor design works best for heavy duty applications and projects where the pipeline has to be lifted off the ground to a significant degree. It is attached to the end of a structure or piece of heavy machinery, which makes it extremely versatile. For example, it can be attached to a heavy duty lifter responsible for carrying and placing pipe segments. With the conveyor, a lift operator can maneuver pipe segments without having to readjust constantly. This saves a great deal of time and reduces the likelihood that the pipe sustains damage.
Multiple side mount roller cradles are usually used in a long train of conveyors that keep the pipe stable throughout placement. This is also needed to manage the huge amounts of weight that are standard during a pipeline project.
The conveyor is made with a simple, yet highly effective and stable design. One end is designed for easy attachment and is reinforced to ensure complete stability and extended performance. The pipeline is controlled with a pair of rollers aligned in parallel. Two arms made with soft liner surfaces keep the pipe from moving laterally and keeps them aligned with the rollers.
Why are side mount roller cradles usually made with polyurethane components?
Both the rollers and arms are typically built with polyurethane covers, and for good reason. Polyurethane can withstand nearly any setting, whether that setting includes punishing heat, bitter cold or some other environmental hazard. Polyurethane swells and contracts to a minimal degree with changing temperatures, which means that there is no loss of stability, even in extreme conditions. Polyurethane also handles conditions that would result in corrosion, such as exposure to salt evaporation. It can even be used in underwater applications and can continue to be relied upon for years.
And because it can withstand both impact and abrasive forces, it is ideal for a project of any scale. In fact, the conveyor can handle up to 8,000 pounds of force and pipe diameters ranging from 4 inches to 20 inches. The system comes with a quick adjustment function, as well, that increases operation speed even further.
These conveyors can fit into a project of any scale or size, and will keep a stretch of pipeline stable and protected from harm.